A Russian man had to be tied down on a Vietnam Airlines flight from Moscow to Ho Chi Minh City after drunkenly assaulting a female flight attendant and other passengers in the early hours of Friday morning.
Sergei Samokhin, 32, began behaving in an intoxicated and erratic manner half way through the 9.5-hour flight from Moscow’s Dodomedovo airport, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
After a flight attendant asked him to calm down, he began hitting her and other passenger, forcing the crew to tie him to a seat at the back of the plane, Tuoi Tre reported.
Around two and a half hours later, Samokhin reportedly sobered up and began apologizing for his actions. The flight attendants untied him while keeping a close eye on him, the newspaper reported.
The plane landed at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City at 8:30am on Friday.
Samokhin reportedly apologized to the airport's security officers and agreed to accept his punishment.
He also expressed his hopes that he would be allowed to enter the city.
Meanwhile, the two Russian passengers accompanying him said his acts were caused by a combination of alcohol and a sedative.
Authorities agreed to let Samokhin to enter the city and planned to fine him VND3-5 million (US$141-236) on Saturday.